Thank you for supporting my fundraising efforts as part of The Little Black Dress Initiative and the mission of the JLP. I will be wearing the same Little Black Dress for 5 days in a row from Oct. 1 - Oct. 5 to represent the limits in our community. Funds will support the mission and community programs of the JLP. This is my 14th year as a member, and I cannot tell you how this organization has changed my life.
What is the JLP doing to help?
Our mission: The Junior League of Phoenix is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Our focus area: All people in Phoenix should have access to healthy food and to the information that can help them improve their families’ health. The Junior League of Phoenix is Building a Healthy Arizona with programs addressing: food insecurity/food access; and nutrition and obesity. Our Community Programs address the impacts of poverty such as food insecurity, obesity and access to care.
Here are a few of our community programs that are addressing these issues:
The United Way Ending Hunger in the Classroomprogram is addressing food insecurity in school aged children. We will be fully funding eight classrooms for implementation of the Breakfast in the Classroom Program, We will also provide Weekend Hunger Backpacks as well as Food & Financial Coaching.
The Kids Cook with Heart Program is an AHA initiative that provides hands-on healthy cooking classes at the Halle Heart Children's Mueum. Visitors receive instruction in simple main courses, hearty whole grains, salads and a wide variety of vegetable dishes. Lessons also include nutrition, kitchen safety, sanitation and food shopping. The program utilizes professionally developed curriculum which incorporates nutrition with cardiovascular health education. It is designed for up to 18 children (per class) 7 years to 12 years old and uses the CORE curriculum standards for math and science. The targeted population are kids and families in underserved neighborhoods or low income schools.
Kids in the Kitchen One of our signature programs developed by the Junior Leauge. This will be our fourth year working with the Guadalupe branch of the Boys and Girls Club to conduct 5 health and nutrition lessons throughout the school year. Lessons include various topics like the food groups, eating a balanced meal, servings vs. portions, reading a nutrition label, and understanding media influences on food choices.
ROCKETS Raising Our Children's Knowledge by Educating Through Science is a theme-based program that promotes early childhood development of science skills. The program provides hands-on science activities, supplemented with math lessons, to at-risk children in Maricopa County to help foster problem solving, critical thinking, and exploration skills that are critical to future academic success.
Community Impact projects The JLP Community Impact projects are volunteer-led, one-day projects that support an urgent need in our community and our commitment to “Building a Healthy Arizona.” Here are a few of our Community Impact partners that address the impacts of poverty in Arizona: Andre House, Dress for Success, Fresh Express , Homeward Bound, Phoenix Day HealthLinks, St. Mary's Food Bank, St. Vincent De Paul